John -- apology accepted, especially since I am a fan of Chance!

On 1/12/2011 6:17 PM, Scott wrote:
> I have often wondered if modern technology might recover some of the lost
> audio....    Scott

You're not the only one, and I think they had another look at the tapes 
a couple of years ago, but the "Rose Mary Woods Stretch" was a bit too 
efficient.  By the way, that famous photo had an amusing use on the 
cover of the August 1989 Schwann CD catalog under the headline "EXTRA! 
DATs DELETED!!!"  They had decided to give up on the viability of the 
pre-recorded DAT and CD-3 formats, and the editor said in removing the 
listings this position was no less awkward than was Ms. Woods'.  The 
also printed a 1971 letter she had written them on White House 
stationery giving Nixon's thanks for a copy of the catalog.

Of added interest they next included a commentary "Vanishing Vinyl (... 
or the short run prospects of the long-playing record)".  With insider 
evidence, they accuse the industry of market manipulation by deleting 
popular LP series that were selling well and instituting disadvantageous 
non-return policies for retailers.  "Although the CD revolution has been 
-- to some extent -- consumer-driven, the LP decline has been, to a 
degree, industry manipulated."  They pledged to continue listing LPs and 
cassettes in their quarterly Schwann guide.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Spencer
> Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 5:12 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] 15/16 Recording Speed
> Mike,
> I truly value your contribution to this list and your long-standing
> knowledge of recorded history, and I have enjoyed reading your posts for
> years. I felt as the last paragraph in your post was somewhat off topic and
> that prompted my post.
> In retrospect it was most likely a knee-jerk response, because to this day I
> still can't understand all of the reasoning/ logic (or lack of therein) and
> other motives that created these recordings - it simply baffles my mind (and
> even though I'm old, I wasn't old enough to vote for Nixon, so there is no
> love lost...).
> I too know several individuals involved with the playback/ recovery of the
> Nixon tapes and find the work (and their work environment) a case study in
> archival education.
> My sincere apologies to you, I had no idea that you also played a hand in
> the recording/ playback/ restoration of these tapes. As they begin to come
> to light in the Nixon Library, I'm hugely interested in what is presented to
> the public.
> Best regards,
> John
> John Spencer
> On Jan 12, 2011, at 3:10 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
>> On 1/12/2011 2:23 PM, George Brock-Nannestad wrote:
>>> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
>>> Hello,
>>> beauty is in the eye of the beholder as is the experience of
>>> politically loaded information.
>>> Mike mentioned these tapes, because they are some of the technically
>>> best documented in modern history. This is pure documentation, and no
>>> mention of the need to obtain it.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> George
>> Thank you, George.  John, I RESENT your implication that there was
> ANYTHING political in my mentioning the Nixon tapes because a close friend
> designed and installed the replay equipment used on these tapes, I have seen
> that set-up (George might have been there too), a number of other friends of
> mine have been involved over the  years in the technical analysis of the
>> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]
>>> John Spencer wrote (why?):
>>>> Perhaps you could google for an answer to your question below
>>>> without inserting a political slant to the list-serve that has
>>>> nothing to do with what the original question was posed about?
>>>> John Spencer
>>>> On Jan 12, 2011, at 12:31 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
>>>>> Did the Nixon White House tapes use it?